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Brittany Murphy, Gone So Soon

Updated on January 11, 2011

By: Toni Tucker

Brittany Murphy  1977-2009
Brittany Murphy 1977-2009
Simon Monjack and Brittany Murphy
Simon Monjack and Brittany Murphy

Remember, Only What You Do For Christ Will Last!

We are all stunned by the recent passing of Hollywood's 32 year old Brittany Murphy. The twitter pages are filled with young people wondering what happened, why it happened, and just baffled that it happened. And all the speculation that ensues, could she have died from drug addiction, anorexia, bulimia, or from some other disease or cause? The coroner so far, says she appears to have died from natural causes.

People are shocked. She was only 32 years old and seemed to have her entire life in front of her. I just saw an interview with her several days ago on the red carpet for the Tt clothing collection which donates prosthetics to families in need. The reporter asked her what her plans were for 2010. Brittany replied, "I want to have a baby." She looked happy and mature as she spoke of her wishes for the future.

Her role in "Illegally Blonde" with Oscar Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon, won her many fans from all ethnicity's and walks of life. Her endearing repeated chanted line, "Hanging with the Hommies" won over many young African American fans and others and put her on the map as a refreshing, down to earth, bubbly up and coming actress. She starred with Ashton Kutcher in "Getting Married" I laughed at the movie and I also saw the 'arrested development' in their new marriage in that light hearted comedy. I slightly remember her performance in "Girl Interrupted" where she befriended Angelina Jolie. I do remember her in her highly acclaimed role in "8 Mile" with rapper Eminem. I remember her as the embattled nanny in "Uptown Girl" co-starring Dakota Fanning.

By all accounts, Brittany was portrayed as a ray of sunshine in some of her earlier roles, and she exhibited a dark side in some of her later works. Remember, "Don't Say A Word" and her crazy line that freaked everyone out, "I'm not going to tell?" She brought texture, dimension and intrigue to most of her later characters to a large extent. Not too long ago, all of the media were predicting that the other more famous Britney would be the one to leave us all to soon. You know her, Britney Spears. The drugs, the men, short-term marriages, the shaving of her head, crazy tattoos, etc. Her first comeback was a major disaster, people ridiculed her slight weight gain, and her infamous lip-singing. But thank God, she is still with us. Britney Spears has an awesome chance. A chance to really get to know who Jesus is on this side of life.

Although 2009 has had it's share of seemingly untimely Hollywood losses, Heath Ledger, Farah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, and The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, along with a slue of others. I just thought about all the loss I have faced in my family in the past six years and the pain of missing them. My grandparents, mother, aunt, cousin. But one thing I do have that gives me peace beyond all reason, is that they all knew Jesus as Lord and Savior. I remember that the one year I lived in Detroit at the age of six and how Jesus showed himself to me by appearing to me. Yes, I see him from time to time. It is super-natural that's all I can say. It's a fleeting, sometimes lingering vision of his face, sometimes his profile, sometimes his entire body, and the love that is true love in his eyes. Jesus is real people, not a fairy-tail. He's not just a prophet who lived a good life and example, He's not just a way to God. He is the Only Way! His blood was shed that we might have joy on Earth and eternal joy in heaven.

Remember, Brittany accomplished some significant things on this planet in her short life in Hollywood that has touched millions. That accounts for all the websites now inundated with love for the most part, in her memory. But, there was a song I was taught years ago back in Detroit in the choir and the name of it was, "Remember, Only What You Do For Christ Will Last!" I can hear it now replaying over and over in my head and in my spirit. Although your hearts might be heavy and saddened by an unexpected loss of a young talented and sparkling actress, who touched you in some way, and tears may well up from your hearts and stream down your face; Remember, while you are yet, living, and have goals and plans in this life, only what you do for Christ will last!

May God be with Brittany's husband, Simon Monjack, her loving mother, Sharon, and all of her family and friends. And may the millions she touched come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. He will give you real Peace like no other and carry you through this difficult time. He will wash away your tears, heal your broken heart, and fill the emptiness inside. Jesus will hold you close and hold you tight. He and only he can relieve your grief and give you rest and assured promise for a brighter day, and most importantly, eternal life.

Addendum: Brittany's late husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, was found dead May 23, 2010 on a Sunday night in the couple's former Hollywood home, by the same person who found Brittany dead, her mother Sharon. Police spokesman Sgt. Louie Lozano said the preliminary cause of death was natural causes.


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      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Thanks for the post raemay38! As of late, Brittany Murphy's cause of death is still uncertain. The official cause of death will not be ruled until a slice of her brain undergoes further neurological and toxicology tests. There is speculation that a cocktail of drugs played a role in her December 20th death, as TMZ recently posted a laundry list of prescription medications found at her home.

      The world won't get any answers for an additional five to six weeks. There is some speculation that a prescription drug overdose could have occurred.

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      raemay38 8 years ago from Miami, FL

      I miss her already. You mentioned she died of natural causes did they say what natural causes?

      I loved her in Uptown Girl with Dakota Fanning. I liked her perkier roles more so then the serious sided ones. Life is very brief enjoy it while you can people.

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      allergy1 8 years ago from United Arab Emirates

      Yes God is really great..

    • Heavensgates profile image

      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Yes, Rose Ella Morton, she had a magnetic personality and was extremely vibrant on screen and underrated by Hollywood. 32 is too young and the toxicology reports have yet to be released. I just pray that if just one, comes to know Jesus as his/her personal Savior and Lord via this article that will make a huge difference! Thank you for your read and comment, and have a Happy New Year!!!

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      Rose Ella Morton 8 years ago from Beverly Hills, Michigan

      I like her too. and was shook to hear about her death. But there is nothing normal about a person dropping dead at 32?

      This is just not natural.

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      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Hi Deorrah K. Ogans, thank you for your comments and for your constant Godly insight! I trust you and your family are having a blessed Christmas...Until next time, God Bless you.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Heavengates, Although sad, this is a well done informative hub! Thank you for sharing. One never knows no matter now young or old your time is on this side of heaven... We are to live each day as unto the Lord! JESUS is coming soon! Prayers and Condolences to her family as well! Blessings!

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      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Thank you shayari, for your comment. She did have a really likeable screen presence.

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      niall walsh 8 years ago from London

      I was so upset and shocked when I found out, RIP Brittany, and thanks Heavensgates.

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      shayari 8 years ago from Austin, TX

      My condolences... I liked her screen presence

    • Heavensgates profile image

      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Thanks RevLady. The harvest is ripe, but, the laborers are few. It is an awesome time to share the Gospel to those hurting. God Bless you.

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      RevLady 8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Heavensgates, It is always a little sad to hear of the young dying. We offer our condolences to her family. Thanks for the notice.

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      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      varunr1999, Thanks for your read and for your comment. I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior when I was six and have such a wonderful ever growing relationship with him, he is The ONLY WAY!!!

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      varunr1999 8 years ago

      Jesus was a true prophet no doubt....but it is wrong to say that he is the only way! . I recommend you to read "Autobiography of a Yogi " by Paramhansa Yogananda....u will understand the spiritual meaning behind Christ's teaching

    • Heavensgates profile image

      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Mini, thank you for your reflection on the book of Genesis.

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      Mini 8 years ago

      And God gave them his blessing and said to them, Be fertile and have increase, and make the earth full and be masters of it; be rulers over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing moving on the earth.

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      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Yes! Chris Eke, Only what you do for Christ will last!!!

      Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Chris Eke 8 years ago

      Yes,Jesus is real and not a fairy tale.Only what I do for Christ will last. Thanks for the the reminder. A great hub!

    • Heavensgates profile image

      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Thanks Karen Russell for your comment. It is a time when people mostly, young people are in search of comfort, direction, and love. Especially when a young person passes so suddenly. Remember, Jesus is the only reason for the Christmas season! Merry Christmas to you and your family and a prosperous Happy New Year!!!

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      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Hi cristina327, All I want for Christmas are my two front teeth? LoL! But true. Thank you for your continued encouragement and you be encouraged as well. Prayer warriors we are. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Thank you creativeone59 for your comments. I too enjoy your writings and I am blessed by them. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 8 years ago from Manila

      Great hub. Very well-written.Thank you for sharing this. Merry Christmas to you Heavengates and to your family.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Heavensgates for a very nice hub, dedicated to the life of Brittany Murphy, we never know when it will be our turn to meet God. All I can say is we need to be prayed up and ready. Thanks for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Hi dohn121, you are a hubber extrodinaire. I haven't had a chance to see Sin City as of yet. I really like Brittany's spirit. Have you considered my invitation? Jesus is always there for you. In the meantime, have a Merry Christmas.

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      She really was a talent. I remember her in Sin City, which is one of my favorite movies. Most of my friends are her age and it really saddens me to hear of such a tragedy. Thanks for writing this hub, Heavensgates. I'm sure that Brittany Murphy thanks you as well.

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      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Thank You thefount, I am sorry for your loss. I look forward to your article. I pray for strength and joy during this difficult time in you and your families lives. May you still manage to have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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      thefount 8 years ago from North Central Louisiana

      Thanks for this nice hub. My wife's brother age 44 just passed last Wed. and we are burying him this Wed. He had high blood pressure complications with diabetes.

      We've been told by the medical/pharmaceutical industry that diabetes is incurable. However there is new scientific evidence to the contrary that I'll be writing about soon.

      Thanks for the reminder that no matter who we are to society, that death is no respecter of a person's age, and that only what we do for Christ will last. I greatly enjoy the spiritual perspective to your articles.

      Be Blessed, David

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      Heavensgates 8 years ago

      Thanks must86gt for the comment, I really have no idea what caused her death, these are just the speculations on all the various social networks, sites, etc. even some news reports. She's gone though, and I hope she knew Jesus. God bless you and your family and have a Merry Christmas.

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      must65gt 8 years ago

      Thanks ofr the nice hub, I was under the impression it was heart failure, I guess we may nevedr really know everything. keep up the writing


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